Not on the Runway: Don’t expect a Gianfranco Ferré runway show during the upcoming men’s fashion week in Milan. The company — which is in a transitional phase now that its new owner, Prodos Capital Management LLC, is looking for a new industrial partner after Samsung pulled out of the deal — has opted for a presentation on Sunday. Held in Ferré’s headquarters, the presentation is scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
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Auction Action: Dubbed the “man with the golden gavel” by the BBC, auctioneer Simon de Pury has more than one trick up his sleeve. “PuryParisGraphy,” an exhibition of his photography that is a series of close-ups of objects, materials, places and landscapes snapped on his travels, is on show at Parisian concept store Colette until Jan. 29. To celebrate the exhibition, his third, de Pury will put on his DJ hat — or suit, most likely, as he revels in such juxtapositions — for a set from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 19.
Will the Real Nick Hahn Please Stand Up: Friends and colleagues of cotton industry veteran Nick Hahn received a surprising e-mail this week. A message, purporting to be from Hahn, flooded the in-boxes of industry contacts requesting “quick funds” to help him return from London after having his identification and credit cards stolen. The only problem? Hahn’s in Connecticut. Reached on Wednesday, the real Hahn, former chief executive officer of Cotton Incorporated, said he believes a hacker used information from a social-networking site to hijack his e-mail address and send bogus e-mails to his entire contact list. “I’ve been getting calls from everyone,” Hahn said. “I can’t even get into my own e-mail.” Hahn said he has contacted Google about the erroneous use of his Gmail address, but the process takes some time to rectify. The number listed in the e-mail that was sent out had a U.K. area code but does not work.